Shops & Flats Planned For Former Bradford Pub Land

Junction Pub, Gain Lane

There would be a 4,000 square foot shop and a 1,000 square foot shop making up the ground floor of the development.

Proposals to redevelop the site of a demolished pub, replacing it with shops and flats, will be decided on Wednesday.

Plans to build shops at the site of the Junction Pub, on the corner of Leeds Road and Gain Lane, Thornbury, date back to 2012, when the pub was demolished.

Proposals to build two new shops on the prominent piece of land were approved in 2014, but the development didn’t go ahead.

Updated plans for the site followed, with applications to build two shops with six apartments above them being refused in 2017. It was felt the proposed building was “unsympathetic” with the surrounding area and that there was inadequate access to the site.

Last year another new application was submitted, and at a meeting on Wednesday morning a Bradford Council planning panel will decide whether this latest version of the development can go ahead.

A report by planning officers that will be presented to the Area Planning Panel (Bradford) says the latest plan, submitted by Ammar Ali, is for a more “modest” building, and that the access issue has been fixed. Members have been recommended to approve the application.

Since the large pub was demolished, the site has remained derelict and used as an informal car park – despite the land being private.
 
Under the new plans there would be four one bedroom flats and two two bedroom flats, along with a 12 space car park.
 
There would be a 4,000 square foot shop and a 1,000 square foot shop making up the ground floor of the development.
 
The report going to the panel says: “The site is currently in a derelict state and the construction of a well design building of the type and scale detailed here is considered to represent an appropriate form of development which would not be harmful to visual amenity.”

There have been a number of objections to the plans, including 11 letters sent to the Council and a petition signed by 16 people.

Some objections say the development will cause anti-social behaviour, while another says the area has been much quieter since the pub was demolished.
 
Officers have responded: “The development of this derelict parcel of land would serve to reduce opportunities for crime and anti-social behaviour.

“The proposed development does not propose any uses which are inherently noisy or generators of anti-social behaviour.”

Other objectors said the plans would cause parking issues, and interfere with the Leeds to Bradford Cycle Superhighway – which runs along Leeds Road.
 
But planning officers say there is adequate parking on the site, and on the cycle concerns said: “The proposal does not affect the cycle lane to the front of the site.”
 

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